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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 10:27
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that a new documentary about the honor murder committed by Yaser Abdel Said against his two daughters Amina and Sarah in 2008, will be screened on September 7 in Dallas.

On a related note, Opposing Views says there's been word the Islamisogynist may be in New York:
Six years ago, Yaser Abdel Said, now 57, made headlines after he killed his two teenage daughters. Investigators concluded the murders were honor killings that Said doled out because his daughters were dating non-Muslim boys.

Said was never arrested – or even found – after the murders, and the FBI believes he may have fled to Egypt. The case hasn’t received much public attention in recent years until now, as a documentary on the killings is set to be released. The film, "The Price of Honor," intends to educate the public on both Said’s murders and honor killings in general.

[...] The FBI believes Said may be in New York or Egypt. Private investigator Bill Warner, who was hired by the girls’ family after the murders, thinks he could be in New York City working as a taxi driver.

“It’s all he knows and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if he’s there working as a taxi driver,” investigator Bill Warner told Fox News in May. “He could blend in at a metropolis like New York.”
That's because there's ways to get around the system, enabling them to work illegally. If that monster's there, anyone who identifies him should contact the authorities immediately.

I encourage all to find and view this documentary, and hope it'll be screened without fear.
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 15:19
Another student - this one from New Jersey's Lakewood neighborhood - has gone missing, leading to more fears you can guess:
Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week.

Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., has been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Rosenfeld said police have launched an extensive search for Sofer, an ultra-Orthodox student at a yeshiva, a Jewish religious school. Sofer's parents have flown to Israel.

Shlomo Sofer, Aaron's cousin, criticized the search response and called on the Israeli military to get involved. He told FoxNews.com roughly 500 people took part in searches of the Beit Zayit area of the woods on Tuesday. [...]

"This is a young, American student who came to Israel to spend a year or two here," he said. "And there's no reason to assume he has committed suicide or has done anything silly or immature. We feel they should be taking further measures in terms of investigating a possible abduction."
The fears of kidnapping are very legitimate in these tense times, so they better continue to act serious about this. It's bad enough the reaction to the kidnapping of the 3 yeshiva students 2 months ago was awful. They should not make the same mistake here.
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 12:59
Coming just a few days after the alleged controversy of how Italian artist Milo Manara drew Spider-Woman's butt, he gave an interview to Fumetto Logica about the subject, and along the way, he said something that'll no doubt leave Dan Slott and Tom Brevoort feeling stunned. The translation by CBR isn't perfect, but I think it can be figured out:
"On the erotic side, on the other hand, I found the thing a little surprising," he continued. "Apart from the fact that there is a compulsory prerequisite to do: it seems to me that both in the United States and in the rest of the world there are things much more important and serious you have to deal with. The facts of Ferguson, or the drama of Ebola. That there are people that if the take for things like… unless there is, in these times, a hypersensitivity to images more or less erotic, due to this continuous comparison that we are called to do with Islam. We know that the censure of the woman's body should not be a characteristic our, western. It is also this that I am surprised enough."
It's difficult to understand, but I think he's suggesting the dissenters are taking a risk of calling for censorship like Muslims do of lovely female imagery. And as much as Slott and Brevoort, Marvel's most vehement apologists for Islam, must want to defend the cover art, knowing their politics, I wouldn't be surprised if they're now red in the face with embarrassment after what Manara told the Italian site. Just 4 days ago, Slott said:

But now, he must be real sorry he did, LOL. Make what you will of that cover; my only real beef with it is that Manara drew Jessica Drew's buttocks to look stretched apart, which makes the picture annoying to look at and diminishes the appeal. But, his comments about Islam are bound to make Marvel's upper echelons blush if they're apologists, and make Brevoort feel pretty sore too. Which is just what they deserve for all the contempt they've heaped upon the public.
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 23:57

From Platts:
The EIA estimates that the U.S. has 223 billion barrels of technically recoverable shale oil. Pioneer Natural Resources estimates that 75 billion barrels are located in the Permian Basin alone, in the Spraberry/Wolfcamp shale formations. 
That estimate is up 50% in the last year. … estimates of technically recoverable oil are likely to increase dramatically in the years to come. 
For example, in the EIA’s 2011 world shale and tight oil report, the organization estimated that the world had 32 billion barrels of technically recoverable shale/tight oil reserves. 
By 2013, those estimates had increased nearly 11-fold to 345 billion barrels. Given the fact that the EIA estimates 3.357 trillion barrels of shale oil resources exist in the world, even today’s lofty estimates are likely only scratching the surface of what future technology can accomplish.
The rest of the world might have a lot of oil too.

BUT AMERICA HAS THE IDEAS THAT MAKE THE OIL RECOVERABLE,

and we are in a time where we are finding it in our best interest to use those ideas for ourselves:
The technology of oil discovery and oil production is moving forward at remarkable rates, bringing more and more oil formations into reach. 
At the same time, the cost of discovery and production are being brought down by new approaches, and depletion rates are being brought under better control. 
The drilling techniques were developed by companies that began drilling multiple wells offshore from one location. The technique is called horizontal drilling, where companies could drill thousands of feet vertically and then drill hundreds of feet horizontally from the same well bore. 
Multiple wells could be drilled from the same platform, which saved time and money. 
Horizontal drilling moved onshore and became a key component in the production of natural gas, and later crude oil, from shale formations originally in the Barnett Shale of North Texas… … 
Companies have been fracturing wells since 1947 in an effort to force open intervals in the rock. Shale, however, created additional problems because of the tightness of the formation. A technique called slick water injections using hydraulic fracturing was developed and the success started a flurry of activity. 
Today, companies are experimenting with new technologies that are even more successful.  
One such company is BHP Billiton, an Australian based company that plans to spend $4 billion drilling 400 wells in Texas’s Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale this year… … poorly propped fracs were the primary cause of rapid decline in production, which caused BHP to turn from the slick water techniques to the BroadBand Sequence technique developed by Schlumberger that creates chemical diversions to improve stimulated rock volume and create a more uniform distribution across clusters. 
Skaufels said BHP, which holds about 300,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford play, is the second largest producer in the Eagle Ford, but it has its sights on becoming the largest and most cost efficient producer. 
“Our costs have come way down over the last year, and it’s because now we’ve got time to actually be able to look at what we’re doing, analyze our data, and improve,” he said. “We have seen a 25 percent improvement in both time and cost,” Skaufels said …
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 15:45
A professional markswoman in India was abused by a Muslim husband in what's now being called "love jihad":
The news of national shooter Tara Sahdev’s husband unleashing dogs on her has sent shock chills across the nation. The reason behind this heinous act has been her decision of not agreeing for the religion conversion as demanded by her husband. Jharkhand born Tara Sahdev has alleged that her husband Ranjit Kumar Kohli had been pressurizing to convert her religion to Islam and when she denied doing anything of that sort, she was subjected to physical assaults on various occasions – including dogs being unleashed on her and also keeping her without food for days.

In her claims, Tara Sahdev accused Ranjit Kumar Kohli of marrying her under pretext of wrong identity and that he was a Muslim man named Rakibul Hasan. The national shooter said that she was wooed by Ranjit who used to come and watch her practice on the shooting grounds. The two came close and got married on July 7 in a grand affair that was attended by several big names, including politicians. But the nightmare began from the first night itself when Ranjit Kumar Kohli alias Rakibul Hasan called 20-25 Hajis and forced Tara to convert to Islam. And when she refused, she was brutally assaulted and left to be bitten by dogs. Rakibul also tried to physical force himself upon her.

Tara Sahdev had registered the complaint and gave her statement against her husband in front of DSP Deepak Kumar. She had also decided to report her turmoil to State National Commission for Women’s chief, Mahua Manjhi and BJP leader Ajay Nath Shahdev.
Here's more on India TV:
According to Tara, Rakibul kept her under confinement for one month and forced her to convert into Islam.

Tara alleged that Rakibul made her starve and even changed her name to Sara, to which she protested strongly.

“He did not let me meet anybody. He threatened to beat me and even said that he will shoot me if I refuse to convert into Islam… he assaulted me very badly. I was forced to speak ‘qubool hai’ three times and also to say I am not a Hindu as I have changed my religion. I was even bitten by dogs,”
she said.

Tara said that Rakibul also forced her to get physical with him.

“He tortured me mentally and had sex with me on a gunpoint,”
she said.

[...] She further said that Ranjit did not disclose that he was a Muslim and instead faked his identity.
It may or may not be surprising a Muslim would keep dogs around, no matter how much Islam regards canines as filthy. As this horror story hints, a Muslim might keep dogs around just for using to target innocent people. The savage who commited this spousal abuse while concealing his true background should be locked in a dungeon for eternity.
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 13:40
In this interview on New York Magazine's Vulture section, Miller has at least two more comments to make worth noting:
You once said to Will Eisner that "In the world of comics, 'troublemaker' means someone with some sense of dignity." Do you know many contemporary comics creators that are galvanizing enough to be dignified?
I'm not going to take anyone down in public, but there are still creators like Neal Adams out there setting a good example.
An interesting observation. If anything, we could say that so-called auteurs like Dan Slott, Ron Marz, Gail Simone, Mark Waid, Scott Lobdell, Tom Brevoort, Grant Morrison, Erik Larsen and Mark Millar, among others of their ilk, are not people with dignity, given how some of them are prone to making statements and/or writing stories with a lot of leftism stuffed in. Adams, by contrast, may be a liberal, but isn't the kind who forces his politics so cynically upon others and doesn't spite the audience like some of the aforementioned do.
After 9/11, you said that your political stance was most like a "liberal hawk." That perspective comes up in your Holy Terror graphic novel, which serves as a good companion to your sequel to The Dark Knight Rises in some ways. Complacence seems to be the real enemy in both of those stories. Is that why you've been outspokenly critical of Occupy Wall Street? Do you feel it's a kind of slacktivist movement?
I've mainly objected to the Occupy protests because I don't see them as having clear-cut goals. I don't see its purpose, or who they're rebelling against, or what they want. As for my hawkish-ness, I wrote Holy Terror as a New Yorker that lost a couple thousand neighbors in a day. We were attacked, and a response needed to be made. I don't agree with the direction or the motives of the ensuing political indecision that followed. So I made a story about heroes that were ready to respond. I don't want to comment on it further than that.
And with all the horror stories coming out of the Occupy movement's encampments in the past 3 years before they collapsed, that just makes it all the more apparent they didn't know what they were looking for, other than the opportunity to aggravate innocent people. So again, I congratulate Miller for handing them the condemnation they deserved. His description as a "liberal hawk" sounds interesting, and could be another way of saying he's a liberal who's being a realist.

So once more, I give Miller some credit, if anything, for having guts to say what he thinks about the current climate.
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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 01:29
As we have seen in Ferguson, blacks and the Left call the relatively few times whites kill blacks and the relatively few times cops kill blacks "genocide" and a "holocaust".

Meanwhile, they ignore black on black murder and black on white violence - which dwarfs both white-on-black and cop-on-black violence.

On average, 9000 blacks are murdered each year; black murderers account for 8500 of them; cops only account for about 100 - and most are justified homicide. (The recent incident in Ferguson may turn out to be justified.)

Why do they ignore the truth and promote lies? Policies based on their lies do not address and therefore cannot ever fix the real problem, the real "holocaust".

When it comes to lying about reality, blacks are not alone: Moslems and Leftists also call the recent Israeli counterattack on Gaza "genocide" and a "holocaust" while ignoring the fact that Moslems routinely kill 200x more Moslems than the IDF - every year. (This year the IDF kiled about 2000 Gazans - the overwhelming majority fighting age men. In Syria 200,000 Moslems have been killed in the past 2 years.)

Likewise, Moslems and Leftists constantly rant on about how islamophobia is rampant, but the truth is that in the USA and globally there are more hate crimes perpetrated against Jews than against Moslems even though Jews make up a far FAR smaller percentage of the population.

CO2phobic climate alarmists subvert the truth to their mission in the same way and for the same reason. (The truth is that global climate has always been changing and CO2 does not determine global climate. Man-made atmospheric CO2 has doubled in the last several decades and the globe is not warmer.)

What accounts for the huge gulf between reality and the opinions of blacks, Moslems, climate alarmists and Leftists?

Are blacks, Moslems, climate alarmists and Leftists ignorant and misinformed?

Well some are of course: the useful idiots.

But most know the truth yet nevertheless willingly and passionately LIE. WHY? They subvert the truth to their mission.

The "emotional motivating force" which empowers their mendacity is simple:

Moslems, Leftists. blacks on the left and climate alarmists are all UTOPIANISTS; they all believe that if the world were only to follow THEIR ideology that the world would become  perfect place, a utopia.

Moslems think utopia is a place where sharia law reigns supreme.

Leftists think utopia is a place where an elite controls the economy via controlling production and distribution, while providing a sexually permissive, cradle-to-grave nannystate - (ironically, one with lots of abortion and euthanasia).

Blacks on the left want race-based guaranteed results for all blacks based on their skin-color and not a system in which blacks - and everyone else - only get what they earn individually based on their individual merit; they don't want equal opportunity; utopia for them is place where they all get whatever they want, not just what they each earn.

Climate Alarmists think that sometime in the not to distant past the entire globe had a stable and perfect climate, and that if they are given control over the economy and production and distribution that they can restore the global climate to this perfect state.

When you think you can bring about a utopia, then of course you are willing to lie. 

And commit genocide.

The burning desire to bring about a utopia ignites a hatred for anyone and anything that gets in the way.

Hatred for truth.

Hatred for people.

The enemy of humanity is the idea that humans can perfect life.

The solution is simple:

Humanity must simply acknowledge that only the Creator is perfect.

We can strive toward Him and toward universal and eternal truth and beauty, but we cannot make it a reality for all; it is a life-goal one chooses to pursue individually and not a political ideology to be implemented under a coercive threat.

ALL people who seek to inflict their version of utopia on other people are evil.

The human soul cannot ever truly move toward perfection via coercion or deception.

Climate alarmism, leftism and islamism - and the race-hustlers - routinely use and routinely applaud both deception and coercion or the threat of coercion

They are evil.


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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 00:38
Theodore Dalrymple, whose writings I generally admire, admits that he is prey to a prevailing left-liberal misconception. In Taki's Magazine, he writes:

Let me interject that I hold no brief for the police in America, at least in the cities. They inspire me with a frisson of fear every time I see one, though I break no law. Their manner is more that of masters of the public than of servants of the same; many of them seem to be the kind of people who wanted to be soldiers but couldn’t make the grade because they were not fit enough. They look menacing and seem to shoot to kill on relatively slight pretexts (or perhaps they are just bad shots). 
According to the FBI's figures, however, American policemen are physically assaulted more than 50,000 times a year.  Fewer than 500 people are shot and killed by the police in a typical year.

That makes one police killing for every 1,000 physical assaults on a police officer.  Hardly people who "shoot to kill on relatively slight pretexts," Mr. Dalrymple.

You owe American policemen a profound and abject apology.
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Date: Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 17:26
The UK Independent tells of a local Muslim activist who's supposedly admitting his community's guilt in raising a modern jihad generation:
British society, its political class and community leaders must share the blame for the "jihad generation" of young men and women joining the Islamic State terrorist organisation, a former senior Muslim Army officer says today.

Afzal Amin, who was chairman of the Armed Forces Muslim Association, a conflict strategist and a military adviser on winning "hearts and minds" in Afghanistan, says young Muslims in inner-city Britain have been left disenfranchised by politics and let down by imams and other community leaders.
Seriously? If they were really disappointed, they wouldn't have listened to them in the first place.
Establishing the counter-narrative should not be left to "self-appointed Muslim community leaders" who have "failed and are failing in every aspect of the evolution of the British Muslim communities from foreign-born and raised immigrants to becoming native Brits". The former army captain added: "Almost all the mosques I know and know of have foreign imams who cannot even communicate with young people, let alone convince them of anything. Mosques almost everywhere are seen as out of touch and failing in their duty to guide young people.

"We must not be afraid to ask the difficult questions and to thoroughly cleanse our ghettoised communities from feeling so distant from the ideals of what it means to live in a free society where you can choose to practise faith or not to, where you can live alongside every faith and none, where your rights are protected under law and you are an equal citizen. These are noble values, yet in Muslim communities I have almost never heard these being discussed with young people in inner-city areas."

Mr Amin questioned why, despite being the single largest employer of imams in the UK, the prison system does not rehabilitate extremists sufficiently.
Hasn't it dawned upon him? They don't rehabilitate, they indoctrinate, all in synch with the Koran's beliefs. What we have here is either a taqqiya master, or just somebody throughly naive about the belief system he sticks with. People like him will not get the Muslim community to turn around, not in the UK, not anywhere.
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Date: Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 15:08
The Hamas attacks have claimed the life of a young innocent:
A four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon. The boy, named late Friday as Daniel Tragerman, was at home with his parents and siblings at Kibbutz Nahal Oz in the Sha’ar Hanegev Region, close to the border with Gaza, when the attack took place.

An Israeli army spokesperson said the fatal shell was fired from near a school used as a shelter for Palestinian refugees. Earlier Israeli officials had said it was fired from an UNRWA school — an assertion the IDF later corrected.

Sirens wailed only very shortly before the mortar shell struck outside the Tragerman family home at the kibbutz, and his parents — Doron and Gila — were unable to get their son Daniel into their protected room in time. He was killed by shrapnel from the explosion that smashed into the house.

Daniel is the first Israeli child to die in the current Israel-Hamas conflict. His death brought the Israeli death toll since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8 to 68.

He was critically wounded, and later died of his wounds.

Several cars and buildings sustained damage from the fire following the explosion of the mortar shell.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas would pay a “heavy price” for the killing. In a phone call to local Sha’ar Hanegev council head Alon Shuster, Netanyahu said the IDF and Shin Bet would intensify their operations against Hamas and other Gaza terror groups until sustained calm was guaranteed for Israel.
Absolutely repulsive, and the government/army is going to have to get a lot more serious if they want to prove they can put a genuine stop to Hamas and their barbarism. The kid's parents wanted him to be able to grow up normally, and now, tragedy has struck instead.
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Date: Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 01:47
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Date: Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 01:05
JUST A WILD, OUTSIDE-THE-BOX IDEA.

I MEAN, NO ONE IS BETTER SITUATED TO DESTROY ISIL/ISIS THAN THE IAF - IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SYRIAN ARMY.

BUT ONLY ON ONE CONDITION: ASSAD MAKES FULL AND PRIOR AND PUBLIC RECOGNITION OF THE JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL.

IT'S ASSAD'S BEST CHANCE AT SURVIVAL.

AND THE WEST'S BEST SHOT AT DEFEATING ISIS ASAP.

IT WOULD ALSO PUT A WEDGE BETWEEN IRAN AND SYRIA.

(HEY: IT'S NO STRANGER THAN THINKING THE USA AND IRAN COULD BE ALLIED AGAINST ISIS....)
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Date: Friday, 22 Aug 2014 12:39
Now, after all the rocket fire they last caused, they're willing to admit it:
A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June -- the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

Saleh Arouri told a conference in Turkey on Wednesday that Hamas's military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, carried out what he described as a "heroic operation" with the broader goal of sparking a new Palestinian uprising.

"It was an operation by your brothers from the al-Qassam Brigades," he said, saying Hamas hoped to exchange the youths for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Hamas has repeatedly praised the kidnappings, but Arouri, the group's exiled West Bank leader, is the first member to claim responsibility. Israel has accused Hamas of orchestrating the kidnappings and identified two operatives as the chief suspects. The two men remain on the loose.

Arouri's admission shows "Hamas has no qualms whatsoever about targeting innocent civilians," said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev.
If the Israeli government maintains any further "negotiations" with Hamas at this point, it will only be an insult to the memory of the students and many other victims of jihad. For now, the government and army have done something positive, by wiping out 3 Hamas leaders after the last rocket attack. But they've still got a lot more improvements to make, and that includes obliteration of the entire Hamas infrastructure.
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Date: Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 01:37
Another rocket attack was launched, but what's really angering here is that the Israeli government would choose to "negotiate" with them over in Egypt to broker a cease fire. First, here's what was said at the Knesset:
Israeli politicians across the political spectrum are calling for a tougher response to Hamas, following a barrage of rockets launched at southern and central Israel on Tuesday, in violation of the temporary cease-fire agreement that had been in place.

"When you negotiate with a terrorist organization, you get more terrorism in return," said Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi). "Sooner or later, Israel will have to defeat Hamas."

Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) shared Bennett's sentiments, saying, "We must attack our enemy Hamas until we achieve victory. I support the prime minister and the security forces in responding to the terrorists with a heavy blow and restoring security to Israeli citizens. There is no way we will cease as they fire."

Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) criticized the government's attempts to reach a long-term deal through negotiations thus far, also suggesting a need for a tougher approach to Hamas.

"It is the prime minister's job to provide security and calm to residents of the south," he said. "If, as the prime minister claims, Hamas has been defeated, then he should reach a diplomatic deal under the best terms possible for Israel. But, if the government buckles to provide a false sense of quiet, as we experienced today [Tuesday] -- this indicates a failure on the part of a weak government."
Netanyahu did a fine job giving a leftist politician a weapon with which to slam him. Until now, they had a valid complaint against foreign governments like Britain's associating with Hamas. Now they've damaged that objection by having anything to do with them over in Egypt. I'm sorry, but that was defeatism. And if they want to rectify the damage, they'll have to start raining down hard on Hamas now until it's destroyed.
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 18:10
Miller was interviewed by Playboy prior to the premiere of the new movie sequel for Sin City, and he's got some interesting stuff to tell them about his past and present work, including Holy Terror, and what he thinks of Superman too. Some of the more challenging topics come on the second page of queries, like the reception 300 got in Iran:
PLAYBOY: Through a spokesman, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the film “an insult” to Iran, as well as a “fabrication” and an act of “cultural and psychological warfare.” Do you consider it an accomplishment to have pissed off Ahmadinejad?

MILLER: I’m ready for my fatwa now. [laughs] I’m banned from Iran, but believe me, I’ve made much greater sacrifices. What I love is that I actually made the Iranian government change its historical policy toward Persia. It went from despising the empire of Persia to all of a sudden loving it, after 300. Persia had been a globe-spanning empire, then Muhammad came along and changed the mentality and rewrote all the histories. Iran’s days of empire are long gone, and they were just looking for something to get pissed off about.
Very courageous answer! And he's right about how Islam changed much of the middle east, save for Israel (and Armenia, which is more or less mideastern too), and Islamofascists like Iran's are always looking for excuses to turn into tantrum machines.
PLAYBOY: More recently you angered a lot of people with Holy Terror, your 2011 comic book about a superhero who fights Al Qaeda. In Wired, a writer called it “a screed against Islam,” and others accused you of depicting Islam as a violent religion. Do you stand by the book?

MILLER: Yes. Why not? I felt the response to 9/11 was tepid, if not disgusting. It’s almost as though they killed 3,000 of my neighbors and we spent the next bunch of years apologizing for it. Since superheroes have a tradition of fighting fascism, why not do it one more time? I don’t know where anyone got the idea it was anti-Islamic. I used, I believe, three Islamic words, which are common Al Qaeda usage. I didn’t feature their religious services. I happen to believe terrorism is a pungent evil, and I’m glad we’re fighting it. It’s incomprehensible to me that people apologize for it or pretend it never happened.

PLAYBOY: You described Holy Terror as “propaganda” in the tradition of Thomas Paine and predicted it would “offend just about everyone.” Has offending people been a goal in your career?

MILLER: I’ve been through periods when I wanted to spend my career annoying or offending people and other times when I wanted to inspire or spin a good yarn or draw a particular kind of car. I remember coming into the worlds of Marvel and DC and wanting to shake things up because they’d been the same way for so long. I wanted to be the bull in the china shop. And sometime in the 1970s along came Will Eisner with A Contract With God, which showed that comic books could have a shelf life and be read repeatedly, not just come out and disappear in time for next week’s cycle.
While his desire to be defiant in the face of tyrants is admirable, this got me to thinking about a downside: it's not always a good idea to anger people, depending on what the subject is, and if it's pissing off the Spider-Man and Green Lantern readerships, as Terry Kavanaugh, Ron Marz, J. Michael Straczynski and Dan Slott have done, that's where it's something very bad. So while I'm sure Miller's intentions of who to outrage were meant for all the right reasons, I think it's fair to argue that "pissing people off" does have a downside, and it pays to be careful not to take steps that can alienate people, as Marvel and DC have spent the last 20 years doing with superhero fans, for all the wrong reasons.

That aside, it's impressive he brings up Eisner, because, as noted earlier, Eisner's last graphic novel, The Plot, focused on Muslim anti-semitism, so I think it's safe to say that, whatever his opinions on the finished product, Eisner would support his old buddy Miller's idea on principle. Since we're on the subject, it makes me wonder what people like Slott might think of Eisner. I'm sure there's some people in comicdom today whose alleged admiration for Eisner turned to hatred and spite after they heard he was going to confront Islamofascism in his last days, and would probably denounce him as a "racist", and it wouldn't make any difference that he apologized long ago for his embarrassing renditions of Ebony White's character design in the original Spirit strips.

Miller also reveals something that happened in the mid-80s I wasn't aware of till now:
PLAYBOY: Early in your career the first thing you did to annoy people was to kill off Elektra, a beloved female ninja you created for the Daredevil comic. Did you have any hesitation about doing that?

MILLER: Sure. I had the jitters. There were death threats: “You killed the woman I love. I’m coming after you,” that sort of thing. I was worried for my girlfriend, so I went to the FBI, which explained that because the letters had been opened and had no postmarks or proofs of postage, they couldn’t be considered mail, so I was to take the threats and like it. But killing her was true to the character and true to the story. That’s all that matters.
Yikes. So Marv Wolfman and George Perez weren't the only ones who got a threat letter after the ending they wrote for the Judas Contract in New Teen Titans. And the worst part is that, at the time this happened, anti-stalking laws in the USA hadn't been properly drafted yet (it took at least until 1990 before that happened), otherwise, Miller could probably have gotten a case filed more easily and the authorities wouldn't have refused to help.

Despite what he says about Elektra Nachios, either he or another writer reversed her fate 4-5 years afterwards, so that's something he hasn't clarified fully here. (And how doesn't it occur to the interviewer that the real word for female ninja is "kunoichi"?)

He also has an interesting take on masculinity:
PLAYBOY: Your work is clearly influenced by film noir and pulp magazines. Do you prefer the older ideal of masculinity to the one you see represented in culture these days?

MILLER: I believe there has been a crisis of masculinity in modern times, and the 1940s-style gentleman needs to make a comeback—the sort of man who opens the door for women and compliments them and does things for them. I believe it’s a biological function of men, because we tend to be larger than women, to be protective of them. If I were to try to zero in, comic-book-like, on when masculinity went awry, I’d say it was when Rod Stewart sang, “You are my lover, you’re my best friend,” rather than allowing there to be two people in his life who served two very important functions.
I agree that, no matter how helpful it can be for women to learn self-defense and keeping their calm when faced with danger, honorable men who can defend an innocent lady in distress is an idea in serious need of improvement. Lastly, he has something to say about Superman:
PLAYBOY: A lot of Dark Knight readers think you love Batman and hate Superman. Any truth to that?

MILLER: The Dark Knight series is all from Batman’s point of view. But if you look at Dark Knight 2, you’ll see a Superman who’s much calmer than the one in the first Dark Knight. Batman and Superman are dead opposites. I love Superman. Do I love Batman more? They’re not people. They’re only lines on paper.
Rest assured, I don't think he dislikes the Man of Steel (or even Wonder Woman, though he had a very questionable take on her in his All-Star Batman book), though it's worth arguing guys like him should have tried writing Superman's solo tales more often, and using an optimistic POV more often too. But if he's acknowledging that the World's Finest are only fictional characters, that's good, because it shows he's one writer who recognizes why it makes no sense to think of fictional characters as though they're real people we bump into on the streets. Even today, there's still people out there who haven't grown up and understood the differences, which has only resulted in a lot of bizarre hatred for fictional people instead of criticizing the writers/editors for any faults they see in how the characters are depicted.
Author: "Avi Green (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 13:45
ALL CITIES WITH HIGH CRIME, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, HIGH RATES OF HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUTS AND LOTS OF RACIAL STRIFE ARE CONTROLLED BY THE DEMOCRATS AND HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER LIBERAL POLICIES FOR GENERATIONS.

IT'S TIME THE GOP AGGRESSIVELY WENT AFTER THESE VOTERS BY PLAINLY SAYING THIS AND REVEALING A 21ST CENTURY AGENDA FOR URBAN AMERICA.

We must take the fight to the cities - and we can do this by merely articulating AN URBAN AGENDA FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM which is based on the core principles of the GOP: empowerment, opportunity, and ownership.
(1-a) Push for school choice and school vouchers. These empower parents and dis-empower the teacher's unions (and other unions - like custodians and principals) which are bleeding school budgets without improving the academic results.

(1 -b) We should also make all school systems accountable to mayors - not school boards - so that there is political accountability for results. We do this by making federal aid to schools conditional on these two changes.
(2) Privatize public housing. This uplifts the working poor and makes them independent stakeholders, instead of people dependent on the state. Jack Kemp floated this idea 20 years ago; it's time to dust it off and implement it - perhaps by bringing him back as HUD Secretary! We need to ramp up low cost loans for this purpose and dispatch co-op advisers and incentivize local general contractors to undertake much needed improvements to these newly privately held assets.
(3) Incentivize economic activity by cutting taxes on new businesses in the cities - and make this a federal/state/local partnership by making the federal portion of tax incentives dependent on equal participation of the state and the city. This would be a twist on revenue sharing; this would be "tax-cut sharing." This would incentivize the states and cities to "buy into" supply-side economics (which have been proven to work).
BOTTOM-LINE: BLUE cities all have higher unemployment, and lower high school graduation rates, and more crime than RED counties. This is in part due to several decades of failing Left-wing policies foisted on the the cities by the Democrat machines merely to get votes.
The aggressive 3-point GOP program for the cities will end the decline of the cities, improve the lives of city-dwellers, and end the Left-wing Democrat Party's cynical and demagogic stranglehold on the cities.
That's a win-win-win for everyone.
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 10:44
The IDF has destroyed/sealed off the houses of the terrorists who murdered the 3 yeshiva students:
IDF forces demolished the homes of the two Hamas terrorists suspected of the kidnapping and murder of three Israel youth in June in Hebron late Sunday.

The army announced the completion of the operation on Monday. Forces also sealed off the home of a third suspect who took part in the attack.

Security forces blew up the homes of Hussam Kawasme, the mastermind of the attack, and Amer Abu Aysha, who is suspected of carrying out the kidnapping and murder of the three youth. The home of Marwan Kawasme, the accomplice of Abu Aysha, was sealed off.

“We are determined in bringing the ruthless murderers of Gilad, Eyal and Naftali to justice,” IDF spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner stated on Monday.

“The demolition of the terrorists’ homes conveys a clear message to terrorists and their accomplices that there is a personal price to pay when engaging in terror and carrying out attacks against Israelis,” he added.
It most certainly does, and delivers something for their relatives to think about too. The only home the terrorists deserve is an isolated cell in prison.
Author: "Avi Green (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 12:14

The evidence suggests Michael Brown was bumrushing the police when he was shot.

He was shot in the top of the head. In other words, he was likely running towards the policeman, with his head in a downward position, as football players do when the ball is hiked at the line of scrimmage.

This corresponds to what other witnesses have said.

If this is the truth, if Michael Brown was, indeed, bumrushing a policeman who had his gun drawn, the media will have nothing left in their arsenal.

When the media has nothing left in their arsenal, nothing more to accuse authorities of, the next step is for the media to ask, "Why do (such and such people) feel like such victims that they are forced to resort to (such and such tactics)?

The media does this with the Palestinians: "Why do they feel the need to do suicide bombings?"

The media does this with this with Jihadists in general: "Why do they feel the need to support ISIS?"

The media does this with any group of people, other than the white males the media likes to portray as the "power structure".

It's called "Looking for Root Causes".

Root causes are the justifications - the excuses - that the media gives for the wrong behavior of individuals and groups whom the media favors.

So the media will ask, "Why did Michael Brown bumrush the Police man? Why did he feel as if he had nothing to lose?"

And the excuse (Root Cause) will be, "Because he felt he had nothing to lose."

And "felt he had nothing to lose" will be attributed to "oppression".

And what is "oppression"?

It means a person like Michael Brown lives in a society where other people have more than people like him.

So the solution to "Oppression" is "Free Stuff".

"Free Stuff" means the tax man will take more of your money.

When the Palestinians are shown to have "Root Causes" for their bad behavior - when they are shown to be the victims of "Oppression", then we give them more "Free Stuff". The tax man takes more of your money and gives it to the Palestinians.

And in the case of Michael Brown, well, he is a symbol of Oppression. So, the answer will be, the "community" needs to be given more "Free Stuff", because they are the victims of "Oppression".
Author: "Pastorius (noreply@blogger.com)"
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 01:08
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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 01:00
NYTIMES: 2 Killed and Dozen Are Injured as Weekend Shootings Plague New York
All told, at least 14 people in New York were struck by bullets overnight, adding to a tally of shooting victims that is an increase of more than 10 percent over last year, to more than 822 citywide. The increase has persisted despite efforts to tamp down potentially violent situations before they escalate.
THIS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF DE BLASIO'S ANTI-STOP &FRISK POLICY AND HIS APPEASEMENT OF CRIMINAL ELEMENTS - AND IT'S EXACTLY AS WE PREDICTED.

DE BLASIO HAS ALSO APPEASED THE ISLAMO-TERORISTS, SO I EXPECT THEY WILL SUCCEED IN AN ATTACK HERE IN NYC BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

SIGH.

ALL THIS COULD BE AVOIDED.

ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS GET RID OT THE LEFTISTS!
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